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Lexus GX 470 Blends Luxury with Impressive CapabilityThe 2008 Lexus GX 470 is a full-capability luxury utility vehicle delivering an outstanding combination of power, comfort and confidence for any kind of driving. The GX 470 is positioned between the brand's all-new prestige-luxury LX 570 and unibody-based RX models.
For 2008, the GX 470 is distinguished by revisions to exterior trim, including a dark metallic finish on the grille, a dark graphite finish on the standard wheels, and new chrome-like door handles and roof rack side rails. Inside the GX 470, Brown Walnut is offered as a new trim color option.
The V8-powered GX 470 offers the luxury appointments and workmanship of a Lexus sedan. (concept carz) Its sophisticated full-time four-wheel-drive system, supported by an array of dynamic handling technology, provides versatile capability for virtually any driving need. The GX 470 offers eight-passenger seating wîth an available third-row seat.
'The GX 470 combines unquestionable luxury and quality that are synonymous wîth the Lexus brand wîth the full capability many customers seek,' said Jim Farley, Lexus group vice president and general manager.
The GX 470's available Sport Package includes the unique Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) that adjusts the sway resistance provided by the front and rear stabilizer bars. The Sport Package also gives the GX 470 a distinctive visual signature, wîth smoked front and rear light bezels, chrome exhaust tip and dark graphite finish on the 17-inch alloy wheels and roof rack. Inside, the dark graphite center console and instrument panel trim complements the Black Bird's-eye Maple wood trim.
High-Tech V8 PowerThe GX 470 is powered by a 4.7-liter V8 engine that produces 263 horsepower and 323 lb-ft. of peak torque. Equipped wîth Variable Valve Timing wîth intelligence (VVT-i), the V8 provides ample torque across a wide speed range, helping make the GX 470 feel responsive in everyday driving and give it excellent towing performance. The GX 470 meets Últra Low Emissions Vehicle II (ÚLEV-II) certification.
The GX 470's five-speed automatic transmission provides seamless shift quality. Shift logic can hold gears on inclines for power and on descents for increased engine braking, which can be helpful when towing, for example.
Strength wîth Control
Robust body-on-frame construction, full-time four-wheel drive and a full array of dynamic handling control technologies truly equip the GX 470 for virtually any kind of driving. Independent front suspension and rear air suspension wîth self-leveling control deliver a smooth on-road ride without compromising rugged off-road capabilities. Standard 265/65SR17 tires are mounted on 17-inch alloy wheels.
The GX 470's four-wheel-drive system uses a Torsen® torque-sensing center differential to distribute the power 40:60 under most driving conditions and changes the ratio as needed based on §teering input and wheel slip. The ability to change to a 29:71 ratio during §teering maneuvers helps to enhance vehicle tracking through curves. If the rear wheels spin, the center differential can change the ratio to 53:47 to help control the slippage. The Torsen® center differential also helps make the GX 470 less prone to slippage caused by sudden changes in road-surface conditions, such as driving through a puddle or over an ice patch.
Downhill Assist Control (DAC) is designed to augment the low-speed descending ability of the transmission's low range by helping to hold the vehicle to a target speed wîth no intervention from the driver. The Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) system helps provide additional control for off-road driving or when launching a boat by helping to keep the vehicle stationary while starting on a steep incline or slippery surface.
Active traction control (TRAC) provides the traction benefits of having locking front and rear differentials, but wîth lower weight. The system can apply the brake to a slipping wheel, while transferring torque to the remaining wheels wîth better traction. The variable-gear-ratio rack-and-pinion §teering system helps make it easier to maneuver the GX 470 in tight spaces.
Rear Adjustable Height Control (AHC) enhances the GX 470's flexibility in a wide range of driving situations. A high setting provides an additional 1.6 inches of clearance when traversing challenging terrain. AHC can also lower the rear of the vehicle 1.2 inches from its neutral setting for easier cargo loading.
Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System
Part of the Sport Package and also available separately, the unique Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) adjusts the sway resistance provided by the front and rear stabilizer bars. KDSS can reduce maximum body-sway angle by as much as 50 percent to help enhance both on-road handling response and off-highway capability.
Úsing hydraulic cylinders acting on each stabilizer bar and linked by a pressure-sensing valve, KDSS reduces the degree of sway stiffness provided by the stabilizer bars in response to changing road conditions and driver inputs. In off-road driving situations, the KDSS allows the wheels on each axle to move wîth a larger degree of side-to-side independence, helping to minimize any tendency for wheel lift.
During cornering, when both front and rear cylinders are compressed, no fluid is flowing in the system and the stabilizer bars work conventionally to reduce body roll. When an uneven surface is encountered, one compressed cylinder causes fluid to flow between the front and rear cylinders, allowing the stabilizer bars to move freely. That action increases wheel articulation and travel as well as helping to equalize wheel loading. By allowing the stabilizer bars to disengage in certain situations, the nominal stiffness of the bars can be notably increased, thereby reducing body roll and improving handling without negatively affecting ride comfort or off-road performance.
Advanced Safety Features
The GX 470 is equipped wîth a comprehensive array of safety systems. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) helps keep the GX 470 going on its intended course by detecting front- and rear-wheel slide during cornering and attempting to control either condition wîth a combination of torque intervention and individual wheel braking.
Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) utilizes the ABS and distributes proper brake force between the front and rear wheels according to driving and wheel-load conditions. Brake Assist is designed to determine if the driver is attempting emergency braking, and if the driver has not stepped firmly enough on the brake pedal to engage the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), then the system supplements the applied braking power.
Driver and passenger advanced front airbags are designed to inflate according to collision severity. Side airbags and roll-sensing side-curtain airbags are designed to deploy when a severe tilt angle, roll or lateral g force is detected.
A rear back-up camera is included wîth the optional navigation system. The camera provides the driver a view of what its lens can detect behind the vehicle, automatically projecting a color image on the navigation system's seven-inch LCD screen when reverse gear is selected.
|Engine : 4.7 L., 8-cylinder|
Power: 263 hp
Torque: 323 ft-lbs
The available Mark Levinson® Premium Audio system will please the discriminating audiophile wîth its 240 watts of continuous power at 0.1 percent Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) and 14 speakers wîth 7.1-channel speaker architecture. A standard input jack for an iPod® or other music players expands listening choices. The system plays DVDs as well as conventional and MP3/WMA-formatted CDs. When the GX 470's parking brake is set, the Mark Levinson system can play a DVD movie on the navigation-system screen. The available rear-seat entertainment system plays DVD programs on a nine-inch, wide-format LCD screen.
Lexus Navigation System
The optional Lexus Navigation System includes voice-recognition that allows the driver to enter a destination by voice command. A central screen features a high-resolution, 800 x 480 pixel display in 32,000 colors. On-screen details are crisp and clean, and maps and roads are shown wîth 3-D shadow effects.
The user can select from among English, Spanish and French text-display choices at system start-up. System functions include multiple route calculation, route preview, simplified highway-junction graphics, and a dual-map screen mode.
The DVD map database contains more than five million points of interest. The database for Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, and New York includes a 'building footprint' display feature that can show graphic representations of buildings and structures to help the driver identify surroundings.
The navigation system integrates Bluetooth® wireless technology. When using a compatible phone, Bluetooth allows the driver to transfer phone books to the navigation system and make hands-free phone calls through its touch-screen control panel.
The available Lexus Link® telematics system combines Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) and digital cellular phone technology to connect the customer wîth trained Lexus Link advisors at any time. Purchasing the Lexus Link® option includes a one-year subscription to the Safety Plan, featuring airbag deployment notification. In the event that an airbag is deployed, an emergency call is automatically placed to the Lexus Link® Call Center. In addition, occupants can place an emergency call to the call center by pressing the button on the overhead console. Lexus Link® advisors can contact emergency-service or roadside-assistance providers and offer accident-assistance information.
Advisors can provide additional services, including stolen-vehicle-location assistance and remotely locking or unlocking doors. The customer can build on the Lexus Link package by adding the Directions Plan, which provides route support, ride assist (taxi, limousine or other transportation) and other information and convenience services. The top-tier Concierge Plan adds a number of useful services to turn Lexus Link into a personal assistant. The Personal Calling option is a hands-free, voice-activated calling service that enables customers to make and receive calls in the vehicle. Customers can purchase prepaid packages of calling minutes to fit their needs.
All new Lexus vehicles come wîth a 48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty wîth roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles. Powertrain and restraint system coverage is provided for 72 months/70,000 miles. Corrosion perforation protection is covered for 72 months, regardless of mileage.Source - Lexus
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